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Inclusion and Diversity Leadership Conference Dec 3–4, 2018 Toronto

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Monday, December 03, 2018

8:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM Opening Remarks from the Chair
Black <br />  
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Conference Board of Canada
8:45 AM Session 1
It Starts at the Top—Leadership Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

In this opening keynote, hear from two Accenture leaders - Bill Morris, Canada President and Claudia Thompson, Managing Director—Health & Public Service and Managing Director—Inclusion & Diversity, who will discuss Accenture's journey towards being ranked number 1 on Thomson Reuters Diversity and Inclusion Index and being recognized as the most inclusive and diverse company in Canada.

Amidst successes, challenges, barriers to progress and lessons learned, Bill and Claudia will share personal reflections and good practices for organizations to consider in order to move the dial on diversity and inclusion.

Thompson <br />  
Managing Director, Health and Public Service, Inclusion & Diversity
Accenture Inc.
Morris <br />  
Senior Managing Director and Canada President
Accenture Inc.
9:30 AM Inclusion and Diversity Spotlight
Championing Indigenous Canada

JP Gladu is Anishinaabe from Thunder Bay and a member of the Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek. As a father and a community leader, JP brings the past, present and future to the table, moving non-Indigenous and Indigenous business toward sustainable partnerships and shared economic prosperity.

In this first Inclusion and Diversity Spotlight, JP will share his experience as an indigenous business leader. He will recommend concrete actions organizations can take to rise to the challenge of reconciliation and spur greater inclusion of Canada's indigenous population.

Gladu <br />  
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB)
9:45 AM Networking Break
10:15 AM Session 2
Slow progress: Why Isn't Corporate Canada Doing Better on Diversity?

Women's advancement in C-suite and Director roles is not moving fast enough. Supported by research findings, panellists will explore the barriers to moving the need on board and C-suite diversity.

This panel of leaders will share their thoughts on what approaches—ranging from research, dialogue, investor and employee advocacy and regulatory initiatives—are the most effective in advancing gender diversity. Panellists will conclude with a call to action on concrete steps needed to move diversity and inclusion forward.

Greco <br />  
Senior Advisor
McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Jensen <br />  
Chair and Chief Executive Officer
Ontario Securities Commission
Mock <br />  
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
Pathe <br />  
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
11:45 AM Inclusion and Diversity Spotlight
Towards True Inclusion

As we look around many spaces, we can easily see that diversity is our strength. But, are we leveraging that strength to its maximum capacity? In order to do so, we need to ensure that we have true inclusion in our workspaces, schools, institutions and communities. This is achieved by allowing every individual to feel comfortable enough to be themselves and use their voice.

Caesar-Chavannes <br />  
Member of Parliament
Liberal Party of Canada
12:00 PM Networking Luncheon
Speak Up for Inclusion
Gottschling <br />  
Luncheon Keynote:
Chief Human Resources Officer
RBC Financial Group
1:00 PM Inclusion and Diversity Spotlight
A Conversation with Hadiya Roderique, author of Black on Bay Street

Hadiya Roderique burst onto the Inclusion and Diversity landscape in 2017 when her personal story as a black female lawyer on Bay Street was published by the Globe and Mail.

In this Inclusion and Diversity Spotlight, Hadiya will talk about the impact that sharing her story has had, reflect on lessons learned, and share her suggestions on how to address persistent barriers to inclusion that exist in our organizations.

Bassett <br />  
Director, Research Impact and Content Strategy
The Conference Board of Canada
Roderique <br />  
Lawyer, Researcher and Writer
University of Toronto
1:30 PM Session 3
The Road to Championing Inclusion and Diversity

Impactful movements—those that truly ignite change—start with champions who inspire their communities to take action. This panel of esteemed leaders will reflect on the journey to becoming leaders in D&I. Learn from some of their successes, frustrations, and practical lessons in what sometimes can be a long and winding road. Questions to be addressed will include: What actions have had the biggest impact on inclusion? What mistakes were made along the way?

Ghiami <br />  
Chief Inclusion Officer
PwC Management Services LP
Bellegarde <br />  
Director, Strategic Inclusion
Nutrien Ltd.
Fior <br />  
Assistant Deputy Minister, Inclusion and Diversity, Chief Inclusion Officer
OPS Inclusive Diversity Office
2:15 PM Inclusion and Diversity Spotlight
Accessibility as an Advantage

Tim Rose is an accomplished activist, speaker, writer and entrepreneur who was born with cerebral palsy. Raised to push the envelope, Tim has always been an out-of-the-box thinker who believes that disability is a true asset in business.

He will make the case that organizations that are failing to embrace accessibility risk missing out on the unique perspectives and insights that people with a disability offer.

Tim will shine a much-needed light on the business advantages that come from accessibility.

Rose <br />  
Compliance Officer, Regulatory Compliance Management
2:30 PM Networking Break
3:00 PM Session 4
#HackingDiversity: Inclusion and Diversity in the Tech Industry

The tech industry has a diversity problem. Given that technology is embedded in everyone's lives, the lack of diversity comes at a cost. The sector's "move fast and break things" bro-culture has resulted in products that are racist, sexist, and discriminatory through their omission of diverse perspectives. Today, the tech industry is under intense scrutiny and many companies are looking to change the face of tech to embrace the diversity of humanity and create more user-friendly products.

Will tech crack the code to greater inclusion and drive the future of Inclusion and Diversity? Hear from pioneering tech leaders who are baking diversity into their technology products.

Reid <br />  
Director, Inclusive Leadership and Behaviour Design
The Conference Board of Canada
Syed <br />  
Diversity and Compliance Leader
IBM Canada Ltd.
Saska <br />  
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Guillory <br />  
Head, Global Diversity and Inclusion
4:00 PM Inclusion and Diversity Spotlight
Embracing Two Spirits, Finding Ones Identity

"Everyone has an identity. Mine just happens to be rarer than most"—Jack Saddleback

Jack Saddleback has a unique identity. As a Cree, Two-Spirit, Transgender, gay man, Jack's life has involved a long search for identity and belonging. His story details the challenge of coming to terms with his true identity and striving for the acceptance and understanding of his community. Jack's focus on authenticity, acceptance and inclusion will inspire and provide guidance for employers who want to understand the realities of navigating changing gender identities and intersectionality.

Saddleback <br />  
Cultural and Project Coordinator
OUTSaskatoon Inc
4:30 PM Commit to Action

"A goal without a plan is just a wish." —Antoine de Saint-Exupery

To conclude the day, conference participants will engage in a round-table discussion to develop concrete action-items that can be brought back to your organization.

As the overarching theme of this conference suggests: change starts with leadership. This session aims to start the conversation around what you can do personally as a leader to champion diversity. What are some individual commitments you will make towards greater inclusion? What will you take away from the discussion to drive change in your organization?

Appreciate the challenge. Inspire others. Commit to action.

4:45 PM Closing Remarks from the Chair
Black <br />  
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Conference Board of Canada
5:00 PM Networking Reception

Hosted by:

Council on Inclusive Work Environments

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

7:30 AM Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM Practicing Conscious Inclusion: Managing Unconscious Bias

This interactive workshop will empower you to address bias bravely in yourself and in your organization. Through facilitated group work, participants will leave with actionable items for strategizing their journey to inclusion, and for charting a path forward in their organizations. Industry expert Leslie Traub will facilitate the half-day session that will get you to roll up your sleeves and roll out a plan towards creating a more inclusive workplace culture.

For more information about the workshop, click here.

12:00 PM Workshop Adjourns


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